U11 Hockey Team qualify for North of England Finals
AKS are celebrating yet more success on the hockey field as the U11’s have qualified for the North of England Finals after once again remaining undefeated in all of their six games at the recent semi-finals in Doncaster.
The first match was against an inexperienced Thrybergh Fullerton team and the team hit the ground running with some great passing hockey that saw them record a comfortable 3 – 0 win with goals from Kirtika S (2) and Lisa P to put our first points on the board.
The next game was completely opposite as we faced a difficult challenge against an organised and experienced team from Manchester High School. Chances were few with good play from both sides but some great saves from Niamh M in goal ensured that the scores stayed level and at the final whistle the points were shared with a 0 – 0 draw.
Our third game was against St Mary’s Hall and once again we attacked and defended well and scored a brilliant team goal. The move was started at the back and was passed throughout the team and finished expertly by Ruby C at the near post. Captain, Lisa P, scored a second with a natural poacher’s instinct to make it 2 – 0 and at the final whistle we had secured another win.
AKS next played the hosts, Hill House School and again came out 3 - 0 winners with AKS player of the tournament Kirtika S scoring another brace and Layla W bagging the 3rd.
With everything still to play for and a place in the North Finals within our grasp we then faced the unbeaten King’s Chester who, unfortunately, scored an early goal. Undeterred we continued to play good hockey and create scoring opportunities and were rewarded when we scored a deserved equaliser through Layla W to make it 1 – 1. Excellent defence from Esther T, Connie S and Sophia M ensured that King’s had few other chances and we were unfortunate not to get a win.
The final match was against a good Queen’s Chester team but AKS dominated from the start and soon went ahead with the inevitable goal from Kirtika S. Ruby C then added a second from the right to make it 2 – 0. Lucy W was always a threat on the right wing and we dominated for large parts of the game. Queen’s scored a breakaway goal before Layla W restored the 2 goal difference to secure another 3 points with a 3 – 1 win.
With 4 wins and 2 draws AKS finished in second spot behind King’s Chester and now progress into the North of England Finals on March 19th where they hope to go one better than last year and be crowned North Champions.